Cindu Thomas-George, Founder and Principal Trainer
Cindu Thomas-George is the Founder and Principal Trainer of Shakti Diversity and Equity Training. In her role as Principal Trainer, she designs and facilitates professional development workshops that promote equity and cultural competence in order to help create inclusive and equitable organizations for today's increasingly diverse workforce. In her sixteen years of experience, she has developed a mastery of creating and facilitating meaningful and impactful learning experiences that work to empower individuals to become competent and culturally aware communicators. Throughout her career, Cindu has acquired the experience, skills, and expertise necessary to facilitate the sometimes difficult conversations about diversity and inclusion that work to create agents of change and champions of diversity and inclusion.
Furthermore, Cindu is a tenured professor of Communication Studies at the College of Lake County specializing in Public Speaking, Intercultural Communication, and Online learning. Cindu is an award winning educator, receiving the the 2017 NISOD Teaching Excellence Award, a national recognition of excellence in education. In addition to her role as an educator, Cindu co-founded the Diversity and Equity Infusion Project (DEIP) where she conceptualizes, designs, and facilitates workshops and learning opportunities that encourage college employees to create an inclusive, equitable, and welcoming learning environment in order to better serve today’s diverse student population.
Cindu brings the expertise and experiences of her sixteen year multifaceted career of working as a Professor and Diversity Educator to her role as Principal Trainer. As the Principal Trainer, Cindu creates and facilitates impactful learning opportunities that prepare employees to work towards creating a culture of inclusion and belonging for today’s increasingly diverse and globalized workplace. Her experience of being an Intercultural Communication Educator and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) practitioner allows her to bridge the gap between DEI and Intercultural Competency, offering awareness building and skill building strategies that help foster inclusion and develop cultural competence at all levels within an organization.
Cindu began her career as an adjunct faculty member at San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco. She holds an M.A. in Communication Studies from San Francisco State University where she learned the art of teaching, public speaking, and the importance and relevance that diversity and social justice education has in our world. Growing up as an Asian Indian American in the United States, Cindu has experienced first-hand the communication and cultural barriers that can come along with being a daughter of immigrants and woman of color. It was her own life experiences and the benefits she experienced from her own education that drew her to a career committed to promoting anti-racism and cultural competency. Cindu currently resides in Chicago, IL with her husband and children.
To learn more about Cindu, read her story that was featured on Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In Website.